Protest planned in Ohio tonight in support of Jennifer Tyrrell
Jennifer Tyrrell found out last week that she would no longer be allowed to serve as a den mother for her son's Cup Scout troop in Bridgeport, Ohio.
It's not because she's not a good mom or a good den leader. It's because she is a lesbian.
Tonight (17 April), a peaceful protest by parents and scouts from the troop will be held outside of the local Boy Scouts of America. Tyrrell has served as a den leader for nearly a year.
'The revocation of my membership came shortly after I was elected treasurer of my pack and uncovered some inconsistencies in the pack's finances,' Tyrrell states in a petition seeking public support. 'Within a week of reporting these findings to the council, I received notice that my membership had been revoked, based on my sexual orientation, citing that due to being gay, I did 'not meet the high standards of membership that the BSA seeks.''
She has launched the petition on Change.org calling the scouts to end its pattern of discrimination against both gay youth and LGBT families.
Tyrell has also gotten the support of the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation.
'The Boy Scouts of America is one of the only cultural institutions to categorically discriminate against LGBT Americans,' GLAAD President Herndon Graddick said in a statement. 'Sending the message to America’s youth that they or their parents are somehow less than everyone else is dangerous, inaccurate and should be changed immediately.'
GLAAD points out that the Boys Scouts of America adopted a new Youth Leadership policy in 2004 which strips gay and lesbian Boy Scout leaders of their positions in the organization and often denies them access to the organization all together. Just last year, the BSA removed an out lesbian from her volunteer post with a local Potomac Falls, VA chapter because of her sexual orientation.